Holocaust

Horrifyingly beautiful – but I will never watch it again: Painted Bird review

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The Painted Bird opens with a young boy (Jewish) running through a forest and clutching his pet ferret. He is…

A true story that never feels true: Resistance reviewed

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Resistance stars Jesse Eisenberg and tells the true story of how mime artist Marcel Marceau helped orphaned Jewish children to…

A brilliant, unrevivable undertaking: Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

History will record Leopoldstadt as Tom Stoppard’s Schindler’s List. His brilliant tragic-comic play opens in the Jewish quarter of Vienna…

The concept of Evil is an evasion

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A week of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last month had me thinking hard about…

Understated, unashamedly patriotic and heartbreaking: The Windermere Children reviewed

1 February 2020 9:00 am

One of the many astonishing things about the BBC2 drama The Windermere Children (Monday) was that the real-life story it…

Hundreds of graves were vandalised in Sarre-Union’s Jewish cemetery in eastern France in February 2015

’I know it when I see it’ – anti-Semitism for dummies

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Some people might argue that Deborah Lipstadt has given us the book we desperately need from the author best equipped…

A week of extraordinarily direct and honest radio on the World Service

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The most inspiring voice on radio this week belongs to Hetty Werkendam, or rather to her 15-year-old self as she…

The power of Sue MacGregor’s The Reunion

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The return of Sue MacGregor’s long-running Radio 4 series The Reunion (produced by Eve Streeter) is a welcome reminder of…

The enigma of Enric Marco

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Enric Marco has had a remarkable life. A prominent Catalan union activist, a brave resistance fighter in the Spanish Civil…

Don’t believe the sales figures – DVDs are thriving

4 November 2017 9:00 am

According to the accountants’ ledgers, DVDs are dying. Sales of those shiny discs, along with their shinier sibling the Blu-ray,…

Everything comes down to one man’s suffering: Geza Rohrig as Saul

Should the Final Solution ever be made into entertainment?

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Amid the abundant cinema of Nazi atrocity, Son of Saul is exemplary. Ian Thomson explains why

What’s it like to have a Nazi for a father?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

This is a documentary in which three men travel across Europe together, but they’re not pleasurably interrailing, even though there…

How anarchy was responsible for Auschwitz

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In September 1939 Britain went to war against Germany, ostensibly in defence of Poland. One big secret that the British…

A documentary that ought to rank with the footage of British troops liberating Belsen

11 July 2015 9:00 am

So you’ve just popped out of town for the day on an errand. And when you get back, everyone has…

Le Perche: every farmyard looks like a painting

Beauty, tragedy and black pudding: the delights of Normandy

16 May 2015 9:00 am

I am compiling a list of the best black puddings. It began in Spain when I encountered my first morcilla…

What happened to the children who survived the Holocaust?

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘I call Zelma Cacik who may be living in London,’ says the announcer, in the clipped RP accent of the…

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’

Woman in Gold review: even Helen Mirren is weighed down by the script’s banalities

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Woman in Gold feels rather like a Jewish version of Philomena as this too is about an older woman seeking…

Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem review: too clever by half

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Big event. A new play from Sir Tom. And he tackles one of philosophy’s oldest and crunchiest issues, which varsity…

The Nazi origins of the Vienna Phil’s New Year’s Day concert

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Vienna’s New Year’s Day concert is still tarnished by its Nazi origins, says Norman Lebrecht

Before you talk about 'Lessons from Rwanda', read this

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, I was a witness to the Rwandan genocide. Those who speak of lessons from it are deluded

When a survivor of Auschwitz asks for your story, what do you say?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

What do you feel when a survivor of Auschwitz tells you their story?

How Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Of all the statistics generated by the Holocaust, perhaps some of the most disturbing in the questions they give rise…

I'm proud to say The Book Thief couldn't pull my heartstrings

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The Book Thief is based on Markus Zusak’s novel of the same name which, although written for young adults, appears…

Why doesn't Russia have a Yad Vashem for the gulag?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Why is there no gulag museum to compare with Yad Vashem?